Monday, April 22, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.
2013 CinemaCon Awards at Caesars
The hallowed hallways of Caesars Palace looked like a Hollywood back lot when 2013 CinemaCon held its four-day convention there. Directors, producers superstars, actors and actresses were more plentiful than a casting agent’s iPhone contact list.
Owen Wilson dined at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars, while film partner and fellow award winner for Best Comedy Duo Vince Vaughan was at nearby Nobu Caesars Palace. Sandra Bullock, Billy Bush (“Access Hollywood”) and Ben Stiller were at nearby separate tables.
Ben, who debuted his new movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” also dined at chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars. Nobu’s official grand opening of his first hotel is this Sunday, with business partner Robert De Niro and chef Nobu Matsuhisa in attendance.
Diners at the expansive Bacchanal Buffet did a double take as “God” pondered selections from the amazing 500-item menu. Morgan Freeman (God in “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty”) was presented with the Cinema Icon Award. Harrison Ford popped in for coffee at Francois Payard Patisserie.
“Identity Theft” actress Melissa McCarthy, CinemaCon’s Female Actress of the Year, was around the corner at Rao’s for Italian favorites. Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm and the vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was presented with the Pioneer of the Year Award from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation by actress Sally Field.
More than $700,000 was raised for the foundation from the gala. Contributing videographer Richard Corey was on duty at the red carpet.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.